Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, joined by his two predecessors Jim Roddey and Dan Onorato, introduced a report Thursday that they said would be the first step toward passing a state law to allow municipalities to disincorporate and rely on the county for government services. 

With 130 municipalities, more than any other county in the state, officials at the press conference said the proposed measure--a recommendation by the report Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation: Creative Solutions for Counties of the Second Class by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics--would allow smaller municipalities who struggle to support local services such as police or trash collection, or even elect local officials, to become “an entity of the county.” 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
UC call center employees urge General Assembly to pass long-term funding bill

UC call center employees urge General Assembly to pass long-term funding bill

On Thursday morning advocates, unemployment compensation workers, and claimants held a rally to demand that the General Assembly pass a long-term unemployment compensation funding bill. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Federal and state lawmakers from Pennsylvania take aim at ending “lunch shaming”

Pennsylvania lawmakers at both the state and federal level are introducing proposals aimed to end “lunch shaming,” the practice by some schools of singling out students with unpaid pre-paid meal balances in their school lunch account.

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to eliminate the waiting list Pittsburgh children face when enrolling in pre-kindergarten by establishing a scholarship fund supported by major foundations and educational and medical institutions. 

According to the legislation, Pittsburgh Public Schools provides free, full-day pre-kindergarten for students ages three to five but had a waiting list of roughly 340 students for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council briefly debated legislation Wednesday that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax by one percentage point in order to provide funding for the Housing Opportunity Fund. 

The tax increase is expected to generate $10 million a year for the city to build affordable housing and rehabilitate older homes for lower-income residents. Members of council have been searching for a revenue source for the fund since it was passed by the body in December. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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